Birth to 5 Community Coalition News

Fall 2023

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What is the CCSD93 Birth to 5 Community Coalition?

As a Birth to 5 Community Coalition, Community Consolidated School District 93 (CCSD93) , in partnership with many community agencies and businesses, strive to work with children and families from birth to five to improve each child's school readiness. We focus on the needs of the “whole child”. To that end, our coalition partners work together to identify the supports and services available in our community that speak to a child’s needs or the needs as a family. Priority is given to families who may experience barriers related to language, income level, limited or low level literacy skills, limited access to transportation, or unfamiliarity with processes related to accessing social/community services.

If you would like to learn more about the Coalition or our outreach events, please feel free to call us, visit our website, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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SAVE THE DATE!!! Let's Play! Fall Fest 2023

We are excited to share our second annual LET'S PLAY! FALL FEST which will be on

When: Saturday, October 14, 2023

Time: 10-12

Location: Heritage Lakes School

The event includes "trunk or treat", face painting, storytimes, photo booths, music, pumpkin patch , community resources, and so much more!

Remember to mark your calendars!!!

Fantastic Fall Fun!!!

As a parent finding fall activities to keep our children engaged can be challenging. Well look no further!!! The website Messy Little Monster is one great resource that has so many fun ideas and activities for you and your children all year round! Take a peek at the AUTUMN art, craft and activity ideas for children of all ages.

Fall Sensory Bins: Fall sensory experiences for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy the fall season. Such sensory bins are a fun and hands-on activity that do wonders for children's development. They help toddlers and preschoolers improve their fine motor skills and promote their natural curiosity with fall materials such as pine cones, leaves, or anything else that is autumn.

Pumpkin Volcano: A great way to experiment with different ingredients and make predictions about what will happen. All you need is white vinegar, baking soda, food coloring, a small pumpkin and a grownup to help you! Follow the instructions and see if your predictions are right!!

Autumn Scented Playdough: If you are looking for amazing smelling autumn playdough for toddlers and preschoolers this easy playdough recipe is perfect! No cook playdough can be made in minutes and the spices added to this recipe make this scented playdough spot on for autumn. Add some leaves, pine cones or some leaf cookie cutters and children will be entertained for hours!

Fall Slime: With the fall upon us, what better time to play with slime! Children will love this fall slime recipe. It's the perfect amount of stretch and fun that will have them engaged for hours!

Play And Learn With Me from Birth to 3!

Monthly playdates and networking opportunities for children birth to 3 and their grownups will be continuing for the 20023-24 school year! Please visit to register. The playdates will be monthly on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 at the CCSD93's Early Childhood Center. The dates are as follows:

10-18, 11-15, 12-13, 1-17, 2-21, 3-20, 4-17.


The DuPage All Our Kids Early Childhood Collaboration (DAECC), a partner in our Birth to 5 Community Coalition, would like to learn more about your child’s early care, development, and overall needs. They are seeking parents with children birth through age 5 living in DuPage County to complete a short parent survey . If you could take a few minutes to complete the survey it would be greatly appreciated. The survey closes September 10th.

Have A Child Between The Ages of 2 and 5?

  • Are you worried about your child’s speech, behavior or relationship skills?

  • Does anything about your child concern you?

Please contact the CCSD93's Early Childhood Center (630-307-3750) at any time to discuss how we can work together to support your children and your family.

We can:

  • monitor your infant or toddler’s growth and development in your own home

  • answer your questions about available birth to 3 screenings and 3 to 5 year old preschool screenings

  • answer questions about development and available resources

  • share upcoming coalition events and support groups

Additionally, you can access additional free developmental screenings and evaluations for children birth through age 5 at Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley through their Pediatric Health Equity Initiative.


Play is the child's work! It is through play that children, at a very early age, begin to explore and interact with the world around them. Through such interactions, children begin to develop a sense of who they are and what effect they have on their world. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their language, imagination, physical, cognitive, and emotional skills.


Carol Stream Public Library

Carol Stream Public Library is a great place where families with children 5 years old and younger can go to borrow books, videos, and other materials preschool children love for free. The library also offers preschool story times and other events for families to enjoy.

We help children in the CCSD93 community to arrive at Kindergarten ready to learn by providing opportunities and resources to expand their literacy. Research shows that the more children under age five are read to, the more prepared they are to learn to read when they enter kindergarten. Children who live in Carol Stream and have not yet started kindergarten are eligible for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. You’ll need a Carol Stream Public Library card to register for the program. Please visit the Youth Services Desk or call us at 630-344-6127 for more information.

Families can find us at:

616 Hiawatha Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188

E-mail Youth Services at:

Phone Youth Services at: 630-344-6127


Carol Stream Public Library

Library Storytimes

Below is a list of in-person storytimes available at the library.

Storytime for Little Ones (In-Person)

Babies and Toddlers

September 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19

October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17

9:30-10:15 am

Terrific 2s and 3s (In-Person)

Babies and Toddlers, Preschoolers

September 6, 13, and 20

October 4, 11 and 18


Preschool Pals (In-Person)


September 6, 13, and 20

October 4, 11 and 18


Preschool Playdate

September 29th

October 27th